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Football News: Review Of The Day 4th December 2019

Review Of The Day 4th December 2019
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Review of the Day

 



Contracts

German midfielder Christoph Kramer has signed a new deal with Borussia Moenchengladbach which expires in 2023.

Richarlison has signed a new 5 year deal with Everton.

 


Transfers

Former Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been released by Turkish side Kayserispor.

American right-back Brooks Lennon has joined Atlanta United from Real Salt Lake for £244,000.

Luis Robles has joined Inter Miami on a free transfer from NY Red Bulls. Also joining the ridiculously named Miami team is experienced free agent defender A.J. DelaGarza.

 


Injury Round-Up

Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira is ruled out with a knee injury. A club statement read: "Due to a long-term left knee injury that was reaggravated in recent days, Sami Khedira will undergo an arthroscopic cleansing tomorrow, which will be performed by Dr. Ulrich Boesnich in Augsburg, Germany."

Bournemouth centre-back Steve Cook is likely to miss a few games after suffering a fractured wrist against Tottenham Hotspur. Manager Eddie Howe explained: "Steve Cook's injury was a bizarre one. He got hit on the wrist by a cross against Spurs and it turned into a fracture. We don't know how long he will be out but it's too painful to play tonight."

Southampton winger Sofiane Boufal is a doubt for the game against Norwich City, after the toe injury he picked up running into his kitchen table has worsened.

Brighton and Hove Albion winger Solly March has been ruled out for up to a month after having groin surgery.

 


Zamalek Replace Head Coach

Egyptian giants Zamalek have become the latest club to replace their head coach as Milutin 'Micho' Sredejovic has left the club and been replaced by Patrice Carteron. Micho had received the very vocal backing of his players on social media, but he was still replaced.

 


Zimbabwe Facing Stadium Problems

Zimbabwe are facing trouble as the Confederation of African Football (CAF) have ruled that their National Sports Stadium in Harare is no longer of a standard to host international matches. That leaves them with just one stadium in Bulawayo, the Barbourfields Stadium, which only has temporary approval. A Zimbabwe Football Association spokesperson said: "Caf has even warned us that failure to upgrade the stadiums could mean that in future we will be forced to play our home matches in neighbouring countries. We always have been appealing to owners of the stadiums and the local authorities to upgrade their stadiums, and we now have a crisis. We have been notified by Caf that major renovations will be needed for the National Sports Stadium NSS and Mandava for them to meet their standards."

 


Tebas Resigns

La Liga's president Javier Tebas has resigned from his post but is intending to stand for re-election. Tebas said: "I have decided to resign from my role as president so that a new electoral process starts, which I plan to run in. I hope to gain support to stay four more years. A new political term is starting, where it is possible there may be laws and directives proposed which affect our institution and our interests. The person who has to do it should do so with the backing of the clubs at least for four years."

 


Super Mario Free To Leave

Brescia's former Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has told Mario Balotelli he can leave the Serie A strugglers on a free in January. He has also sacked manager Fabio Grosso after just 3 games in charge and reappointed the man he sacked to bring in Grosso, Eugenio Corini. Cellino said: "In January, he can leave on a free. In this moment, he needs to choose which road is best for him. Mario is sad because he is unable to play his game. Fighting for survival in Serie A requires a huge sacrifice and and perhaps he thought it would be much more simple."

 


Pep Rules Out January Buys

Despite Manchester City's defensive issues, Pep Guardiola has said that he will not be signing any players in the January transfer window. Guardiola said: "I don't want any players in January. I like Fernandinho playing in that position a lot. I prefer him there. That's why he plays."

 


Van Basten Removed From FIFA

Former Netherlands striker Marco van Basten has been removed from the EA Sporrts game FIFA 20 due to his 'Sieg Heil' remark on live television. EA Sports said: "We have an expectation that our commitment to equality and diversity is upheld across our game. As such, we will suspend Marco van Basten ICON items from being available in Packs, SBCs and FUT Draft until further notice."

 


Irish FA Fraud Charges

Two people have been charged by police who are investigating an alleged fraud at the Irish Football Association. A 39 year old man has been charged with a number of offences, including fraud and a 36 year old woman has been charged with possessing criminal property.

 


Wolves Hit Out At Schedule

Wolverhampton Wanderers head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has attacked the "crazy" match scheduling facing the Molineux side over the Christmas period. Santo said: "It's crazy, this schedule doesn't make sense. In our case we are the team who has more competitions already and we are going to play with 45 hours between games, it's absurd. It's one of the issues every time we have a meeting with the FA, we try to make them understand what it means to the players. It's not human, what we are demanding from them, the amount of games we have, and if we increase that with international players it becomes really tough. We expect the FA (and Premier League) to attend to in the future and try to find a solution. I don't see it (any understanding) we are a team who has had a lot of competition and the gap between games is not being respectful. In my position, I would like them to tell me why we have 45 hours between games. If someone can come and say 'look this is the reason I will try to understand' but at the moment it doesn't make sense. This is not a new issue - it's something that happened last season with all of the teams in England competing in European competition. It's very difficult because if you compare yourself to other countries who are always trying to support the teams that go into European competitions, they try to give you more time to help the teams proceed and go as far as possible in the competitions. If we can get this help, it would be very good because it's very demanding on the players, to play Thursday, travel, play Sunday, maybe play Thursday but no, play Wednesday. I'm not saying anything new that nobody knows, but we're still trying to find a solution. I hope it comes sooner rather than later. I'm not the one who makes the schedule. But I'm also not the only one who would like to have a little bit more time, especially to recover the players, because it's very demanding on the players. But it's a challenge we embrace because we want to compete. We will be ready for West Ham and we'll be ready for Sunday (away to Brighton) again."

 


Coyle Gets ISL Job

Former Burnley and Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle has taken charge of Indian Super League side Chennaiyin, replacing former Aston Villa manager John Gregory, with the team second bottom of the table. Coyle said: "I am incredibly proud to join Chennaiyin FC. It will be my immense privilege to join a club with so much success already in its early history with two ISL titles. I believe we possess a squad with great potential and the hunger to do well, complemented by an ardent fanbase always backing us. I can't wait to get started."

Written by Tris Burke December 03 2019 21:53:42

 

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